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ALL IMAGES HEREIN ARE OF WILD ANIMALS TAKEN "IN SITU" AND DISTURBED AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE.
GEAR: Images were captured with either a Nikon D500 or D7100 body. As of 2018, I used the D500 exclusively For insects to spiders to lizards to snakes ("macrophotography"), I use a Tokina 100mm f/2.8 1:1 macro lens (with Raynox DCR250 2.5X magnifier attached for “super-macrophotography”), with either natural light, Nikon SB900 speedlight diffused with a Alex Goh Macro Diffuser, a F-Stoppers FlashDisc or several types of softbox (preferred). Some older photos used a Sigma EM-140 ring flash, which is more durable for trail hiking, but I no longer use ring flash. At night a Generay LED light attached to body tripod mount illuminates subject for focusing.
I typically shoot small creatures in aperture priority with f/18 being the most common aperture. For birds and mammals, etc., I have used either a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 300mm f/4 with or without 1.4x teleconverter (2017 images), or a Sigma "Contemporary" 150-600mm f/5-6.3 or Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6 (2018 images), usually in full manual adjusting for zoom length or aperture priority. Beginning in autumn 2018 I will be trying my hand at landscape and night photography using a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DXII, and I have a Nikon 35mm f/1.8 that I sometimes use for portraits or street. In 2019, I added a Nikon 24-120mm f/4 and often use this for wide angle images of reptiles. I shoot RAW and post-process in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. Logo watermark was created in Adobe Illustrator and is applied during Lightroom export. Adobe Photoshop is used primarily to add the info graphics seen on some images or occasionally to remove spots or distracting features.
All images are © Michael A. Jacobi and all rights are reserved.